LG 47LH3000 47in LCD TV - LG 47LH3000

John Archer

By John Archer

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LG 47LH3000 47in LCD TV

Summary

Our Score:

8

LG has long had an uncanny knack for immediately winning your AV hearts with aggressive displays of brightness and colour on its LCD TVs. And this potent approach holds good on the 47LH3000, which thus immediately sidesteps the familiar dull, muted look of so many mega-cheap rivals.

This should prove very helpful to the 47LH3000 in a store environment, as it will help the screen hold its own in terms of raw AV 'charisma' against screens selling for way more. But of course, what’s good for a shop in terms of picture traits is seldom if ever good for a darker domestic environment. So it’s just as well that the 47LH3000 has just enough flexibility in its options to allow images to be left looking punchy without requiring you to tolerate too many over-aggressive tones or too little black level response.

The 47LH3000 also outperforms its price point when it comes to the sharpness of its HD pictures. There’s plenty of evidence of the sort of picture minutiae that still even now sometimes raises a sigh of contentment among AV lovers, and crucially the picture doesn’t succumb to motion blur anywhere near as badly as I would have expected, despite the lack of any 100Hz processing.

I’m not saying that there’s no motion blur. But what there is, is reasonably easy to live with, and is certainly a million miles away from the smeary mess often witnessed with other budget TVs.

Another common budget TV failing largely adroitly sidestepped by the 47LH3000 is weak black level response. For while its dark scenes certainly look a touch greyer and less detailed than they do on higher end TVs from LG and others, they’re deep enough to make day to day images look dynamic, while predominantly dark scenes are miles more natural looking than is typical at entry level prices.

As you’ve probably - hopefully - realised by now, the 47LH3000’s successes are comparative rather than earth shattering. Plus it has other problems I haven’t mentioned yet, such as a rather limited viewing angle, slight judder when watching Blu-rays despite the 24p mode, and a slightly noisy look to all but the best quality standard definition sources.

Yet with the 47LH3000 also using its considerable bulk to produce a well-rounded audio performance (complete with - shock, horror! - a decent amount of bass), the bottom line is that no matter how critical you might try to be of it, the 47LH3000 is little short of a budget triumph.

Verdict

The 47LH3000 is currently to be found as the definition of 'bargain' in the Oxford English Dictionary. Have a look for yourself if you don’t believe me.

jingyeow

December 29, 2009, 5:57 am

It is well known that consumer satisfaction is heightened at obtaining something for a lower price than they think it is worth. Is it possible this has occurred here?





Good review, but especially because of the problem above I would have preferred the flaws to be highlighted with more prominence than the glowing praise. I think a consumer would be able to discern a bargain when they see it. Plus I would have liked more comparison to other 47" models rather than "budget TVs".





Otherwise I liked that review, and the price is extremely attractive considering some 42" models cost more than that.

FreQ

December 29, 2009, 7:09 am

Hmm....maybe a bit too much focus on the value. Even when stuff is cheap, we want to know its problems.





As mentioned multple times though - definately good value!

Frankf9d

December 29, 2009, 7:29 am

"Full HD" will increasingly be a very important factor in decisions regarding budget TV sets, if the predicted take up and use of Freeview HD 1080i by the main five becomes a reality.


I now wonder if my choice, much earlier this year, of a budget 50" 720p coupled to a Sky box, mainly for the football and films, was really all that wise, this set reviewed is only three inches smaller but two hundred quid less and has more future.


I'm sure you had a delightful Christmas and I'm confident you have a few more to come.

Paul 16

December 29, 2009, 2:43 pm

what a surprise, another unprofessional review...hilarious quotes like "motion blur reasonably easy to live with"!! and "if you don't believe me go see it yourself"!!!





it really makes me wonder, for which people these reviews are intented for??? i mean really??

Tony Walker

December 29, 2009, 3:25 pm

I am continually amazed and dismayed at manufacturers still putting VGA ports into both televisions and more importantly laptops.





DVI has been around long enough now and including the port not only increases costs, but perpetuates a port that is long past its sell by date.





You'd have to be mad to use the VGA port on a display with this resolution, particularly as the port probably only supports 1366 x 768 and not the native resolution of the panel. Peeps with the smallest iota of sense would just use a DVI-to-HDMI cable and use one of the HDMI ports. Hell, some laptops and PCs now actually come with a HDMI port. Yay!

Nick Ward

December 29, 2009, 3:43 pm

Thanks for the review. Coupled with the BD390, it looks like a great combination for under £1,000.

goran

December 31, 2009, 12:33 pm

and u can unlock USB port on rear side to play mkv,avi,divx,mp3,jpg......

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